This past weekend was a total joy because Michael and I made a trip back to our true home, Brooklyn. Swoooon…
He lived in Brooklyn for 10 years (much longer than my 3) so for Michael, it really is his home. To see the way he lights up while being there is so great. We came for two reasons, 1) To spend some time with Michael’s brother and attend The Kills show and 2) To celebrate the birth of our beautiful angel friend, Mary. I figured I’d share with you all some photos since we had such an awesome time. Come with me while I take you on our journey….
We decided to take a Bolt Bus which wasn’t horrible, as I assumed it would be. We had the iPad and watched movies and ate snacks, so it was actually pretty pleasant.
When we got into the city we were dropped off at 34th st. After a long bus ride, I wasn’t really looking forward to the train but Michael insisted and was very excited about it….how could I ever say no to him!?
Waiting for the train. Look at that serine face!
When Michael and I lived in New York, we would do dinners with the fabulous Jify and Mary. Every week one couple would host and cook, and the other would bring wine and desert. It’s only natural that when we arrived to their place, they had steak frites waiting for us….
Jify is a great cook and made some fantastic latin treats for us which I will share later!
We spent the remainder of the night just hanging out and keeping things low-key since Saturday was very special…
And it certainly started out very special! While Michael went to get his beard groomed Mary and I did a small shopping trip and when we were walking back to the apartment, we passed Sesame Street filming! MAGIC. These are the regular things that I miss about NYC – random, fun, magical things on a daily basis. Between crazy junkies, of course.
Not sure who this guy is – but I dig the jean vest.
Saturday was the best day ever.
Michael’s brother, Jason, is an awesome guy and got us VIP and tickets to The Bowery Presents Converse City Carnage concert, which The Kills headlined. Seeing Jason was by far the highlight of our little trip and the show was incredible.
On our way there – Mary, Jify, Michael and I stopped at Benny’s Burritos in Chelsea – if you’re looking for cheap margs and delicious TexMex, this is THE place to go.
We then walked to the show, which was on the water on the West Side of Manhattan.
It was early (which is rare) and we had perfect weather and everything was beautiful.
We arrived to be greeted with VIP courtesy of Jason, which is was so sweet of him! We managed to snag the last 4 folding lawn chairs and say a quick hello to Jason before the show got into full swing.
This is Gregg Greenwood, he’s a sick photographer and you should check his work out.
Here he is showing Jify and Mary some rad Polaroids he took….
And here is one of them…
These are the Black Bananas - they’re like a 70′s psych/southern rock band but used drum machines and beats as their percussion rather than live drums. It’s a marriage of genres that I’ve actually never seen before Very weird, very cool.
The sun started to go down and Michael took these beautiful photos. In his own words “No filter.”
Next up was The Kills. They are AMAZING live.
They are pro-fresh-nals in the truest sense – Allison Mosshart is a rock goddess and Jamie Hince is an excellent guitar player. Highly recommended, you guys. Good times had by all!
These photos are incredibly blurry – but you can see how awesome these guys are…hopefully!
After the show we went to Zablozki’s in Brooklyn, which was our regular haunt when we lived there.
We kept it chill and low-key. Jason met up with us and he and Michael bro’ed down, in the literal sense.
Can you feel the brotherly love?
Handsome guys, am I right?!
I got to spend some quality girl time with some of my favorite ladies – here is Danielle and I in the haziness of late night.
There aren’t too many photos from our time at Zablozki’s since we focused on catching up – which in hindsight I regret because we had so many friends swing through! It was incredibly fun and Michael and I are truly blessed to have such awesome people in our lives <3
The next day was more delicious food from Jify! He made these fantastic little pastries (similar to empanadas) with delicious green sauces, which I will provide the recipe for soon. Until then, peep this scrumptious spread….
I love how intently Michael is watching.
After breakfast (which was eaten around 2pm! Brooklyn late nights cause for late mornings) we headed back into the city to go to our bus. While this area near Herald Square used to drive us both nuts – it was still nice to have a little taste of the traditional NYC views before we left.
Lastly, while on our overly long bus ride, the driver stopped at a gas station and there was an Arby’s across the street so….
YES! Very good times!!
I hope you enjoyed this super long post about my personal life! Hopefully it was entertaining and not boring. Stayed tuned for Jify’s recipes coming up soooooon!